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September of 1752 was a sad month for much of civilization. The harvests in the month were about half of those of previous years. Birth rates and marriages rates also plummeted and commerce percentages fell. The snows of winter came earlier by calendar date. What could have happened to cause this calamity?

Question #148330. Asked by davefg.
Last updated Mar 12 2021.
Originally posted Mar 06 2021 1:36 PM.

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It was hardly a calamity. Britain switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. September 2nd was immediately followed by September 14th.


Mar 06 2021, 1:52 PM
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Other parts of 'civilisation' had this experience much sooner than 1752, starting in 1582:
On 29 September 1582, Philip II of Spain decreed the change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. This affected much of Roman Catholic Europe, as Philip was at the time ruler over Spain and Portugal as well as much of Italy. In these territories, as well as in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (ruled by Anna Jagiellon) and in the Papal States, the new calendar was implemented on the date specified by the bull, with Julian Thursday, 4 October 1582, being followed by Gregorian Friday, 15 October 1582.

It took many years for all European countries to follow suit, with Greece among the last in 1923, and Turkey in 1926. -see link

Mar 12 2021, 7:11 PM
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